La Huacachina – The Peruvian desert oasis in Huacachina

“Oasis Of America” is built around a small natural desert lake. Legend holds that the lagoon was created when a beautiful native princess removed her clothes to bathe, but after looking in a mirror she saw a male hunter approaching her from behind. Startled at the intrusion, she fled the area leaving behind her mirror which turned into a lake.

The lake was created by natural seepage from the underground aquifers, but the increase in well-drilling started to threaten that supply in the early 2000s. To compensate for this loss, and preserve the oasis as an destination for tourists, local business groups began pumping water into the lake.

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